Worship Calendar

Worship Calendar

Worship: Every Sunday at 11am

July 30, 2017:  Rev. Hoyt-McDaniels
“Open Space”
I love the landscape just outside Los Angeles.  Away from the city, there’s physical space to wander and explore.  And there’s also spiritual space to let the imagination wander and explore.  We need this open quality in our spiritual lives regularly, wherever we are physically.

August 6, 2017:  Rev. Hoyt-McDaniels
“Beginners Mind”
Zen Buddhism describes the special gift we possess when we first begin new work.  Beginner’s mind, or “Shoshin” is open, creative, unafraid of looking foolish, free.  Experts have special gifts, too, of course.  The spiritual goal is to retain the freedom of the beginner as we also develop the skills of an expert.

August 13, 2017:  Rev. Hoyt-McDaniels
“Planned Spontaneity”
Are you the type who works out the details in advance?  Or do you let life happen as it comes?  There’s theology underlying either strategy.

August 20, 2017:  Rev. Hoyt-McDaniels
“Packing the Suitcase”
When we’ve decided what to do, but before we start to do it, there’s a moment of gathering what we need.  What will we need with us in the coming church year?

August 27, 2017:  Rev. Hoyt-McDaniels
“Powerful People”
After a summer of rest, as one church year comes to an end and we look toward beginning the next, we need to find again the source of power that will get us to engage with the work we need to do.

September 3, 2017:

September 10, 2017:  Rev. Hoyt-McDaniels
“Ingathering”
We begin our church year with our annual Ingathering worship service.  We will ritually honor our Community Altar.  And we will introduce our worship theme for this year:  spiritual practices for the fall, and then personal and social goals of religion for the winter and spring.

September 17, 2017:  Rev. Hoyt-McDaniels
“Wanderer, Worshiper”
We begin our look at spiritual practice with the most familiar form:  worship, ritual, and sacrament.  What do we worship, and how?

September 24, 2017:  Rev. Hoyt-McDaniels
“Now Let Us Sing”
Music, singing, chanting, are a regular spiritual practice in many religious traditions.  Music making has abilities to link the mind and the body, and individuals to community like few other activities.

October 1, 2017:

October 8, 2017:  Rev. Hoyt-McDaniels
“Learn what life has to teach”
Study as a spiritual practice might be most associated with Jewish study of the Torah.  Simchat Torah is the Jewish holiday later this week that marks the end of one annual cycle of reading the Torah and the immediate start of the next.

October 15, 2017:  Rev. Hoyt-McDaniels
“Food for the Spirit”
Unitarian Universalists are becoming increasingly aware of the ethics of our eating for environmental justice as well as health reasons.  Food as a carrier of religious meaning, and promoting awareness of what we eat are a part of may religious traditions.

October 22, 2017:  Rev. Hoyt-McDaniels
“The joyous dance of the atoms”
Rabindranath Tagore reminds us that all existence is in constant motion.  Dance and other forms of movement-based spiritual practice like Tai Chi, Yoga, sports; help us to flow with the universe rather than stand (or sit) against it.

October 29, 2017:  “One more prayer”
Unitarian Universalists are perhaps more troubled by prayer and meditation than we need to be.  Could we pray “to whom it may concern” and just leave it at that?

November 5, 2017:

November 12, 2017:  Rev. Hoyt-McDaniels
“Written in the souls’ deep pages”
Keeping a daily diary, or a dream journal, perhaps blogging, can be a way to reach and explore the spiritual parts of our lives.

November 19, 2017:  Rev. Hoyt-McDaniels
“the beauty our artists and poets have wrought”
The act of creation reflects the divine process and aligns us with it.  In this harvest season we note with gratitude the abundant creation of nature, and see how we are creators, too:  a part of nature, not apart from nature.

November 26, 2017:  Rev. Hoyt-McDaniels
“take to the open road”
Outdoor activities like gardening and hiking are a spiritual practice for many people.  For some the obvious spiritual gifts of being in nature make other kinds of religious practice seem unnecessary.  I’ll tell you why I love the outdoors but haven’t given up church.

December 3, 2017:

December 10, 2017:  Rev. Hoyt-McDaniels
“Love has to be put into action”
In Unitarian Universalism we say that “service is our prayer”.  That may be too dismissive of prayer as prayer.  But the sense that the spiritual must be manifest in the social is a foundational principle of our faith.

December 17, 2017:  Rev. Hoyt-McDaniels
“Give the people something of your new vision”
What do we think of the Jehovah’s Witnesses standing on the sidewalk with their literature rack, or the evangelical’s on the cornet with their megaphone shouting the gospel.  Why are we so reluctant to share our UU “Good News”?  Or is the fact that we don’t feel compelled to share part of what’s “good” about us?

December 24, 2017:  Rev. Hoyt-McDaniels
“sister, brother, parent, child”
For Christmas Eve, a sermon about passing culture from one generation to the next.

December 31, 2017:

January 7, 2018:  Rev. Hoyt-McDaniels
“Personal Spiritual Goals:  understanding, omniscience, seeing clearly”

January 14, 2018:  Rev. Hoyt-McDaniels
“Personal Spiritual Goals:  security, belonging, trust, faith without doubt”

January 21, 2018:  Rev. Hoyt-McDaniels
“Personal Spiritual Goals:  joy, experience, focus, plan, purpose”

January 28, 2018:  Rev. Hoyt-McDaniels
“Personal Spiritual Goals:  power, influence, leadership”

February 4, 2018:

February 11, 2018:  Rev. Hoyt-McDaniels
“Personal Spiritual Goals:  love, peace, harmony, inclusiveness, compassion”

February 18, 2018:  Rev. Hoyt-McDaniels
“Personal Spiritual Goals:  perfection, order, standards and rules”

February 25, 2018: Rev. Hoyt-McDaniels
“Personal Spiritual Goals:   service, to be needed by others, generosity of self”

March 4, 2018:

March 11, 2018:  Rev. Hoyt-McDaniels
“Personal Spiritual Goals:  success, recognition, achievement, a meaningful life”

March 18, 2018:  Rev. Hoyt-McDaniels
“Personal Spiritual Goals:  beauty, a unique contribution, a conduit of the divine creativity”

March 25, 2018:

April 1, 2018:  Rev. Hoyt-McDaniels
“Easter:  Jewish and Christian Spiritual Goals”

April 8, 2018:  Rev. Hoyt-McDaniels
“Stewardship Sunday”

April 15, 2018:  Rev. Hoyt-McDaniels
“Religious Goals:  Islam:  faithfulness to God, self-mastery”

April 22, 2018:  Rev. Hoyt-McDaniels
“Eastern Religious Goals:  Enlightenment, pure consciousness, acceptance, no-goal”

April 29, 2018:

May 6, 2018:  Rev. Hoyt-McDaniels
“Social Goals:  The goal of world community”

May 13, 2018:  Rev. Hoyt-McDaniels
“with peace, liberty…”

May 20, 2018:  Rev. Hoyt-McDaniels
“and justice for all”

May 27, 2018:

June 3, 2018:  Rev. Hoyt-McDaniels
“Social Goals:  freedom – the ability to fully express all of your true self”

June 10, 2018:  Rev. Hoyt-McDaniels
“Environmental Goals:  protection, restoration, Eden – “Back to the Garden”

June 17, 2018:  Rev. Hoyt-McDaniels
“Life”

June 24, 2018:

July 1, 2018:

July 8, 2018:  Rev. Hoyt-McDaniels
“Vacating”

July 15, 2018:  Rev. Hoyt-McDaniels
“Stillness”

July 22, 2018:  Rev. Hoyt-McDaniels
“Fun”

July 29, 2018:

August 5, 2018:

August 12, 2018:  Rev. Hoyt-McDaniels
“Plan”

August 19, 2018:  Rev. Hoyt-McDaniels
“Prepare”

August 26, 2018:  Rev. Hoyt-McDaniels
“Energize”

September 2, 2018: